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Jun 18, 2020

Third Phase of Vande Bharat Mission progressing smoothly

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The third Phase of the Vande Bharat Mission which got underway on the 11th of this month is progressing smoothly.  In this phase, there will be a total of 550 flights, including 191 feeder flights. Briefing media this evening, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said, 41 countries are being covered under this phase and flights are operating from 55 international airports and 27 domestic ones.

 As of today, under the Vande Bharat Mission, 2 lakh 50 thousand 87 Indians have returned. 21 percent of these returnees are migrant workers. More than 75 thousand Indians have returned through land border immigration checkpoints from Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh. Mr Srivastava said about 4 lakh 50 thousand people have registered their request with Indian Missions abroad for repatriation to India on compelling grounds.

Chartered flights operations commenced from 26 of May and since then the pace of operation has picked up. As of date, more than 57 thousand Indian nationals have been brought back by chartered flights. On 16th of this month itself, more than 6400 Indian nationals returned on 36 flights.

The Home Ministry on recommendation of the External Affairs Ministry had on 12th June liberalized the guidelines on travel to include even such categories where some members of the family are foreign nationals and do not have OCI cards. 

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